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Good News - August 2018

The Era

Life can have a bit of chaos to it as a family grows. I’m sure any of you with children can relate and some of you with 4 or 5 children can read this and go, “You don’t know ANYTHING about chaos!” (and rightly so). Many of you who have been at Woodlane since Rachael and I drove up nine years ago (gasp!) have seen the chaos grow right before your eyes.

The chaos amplifies as we tried getting life done with one car. Coordinating schedules, wearing out “taxi driver” hats left and right and somehow getting everyone to school on time has been a trip (no pun intended). But the era of the one-car family is over! We were able to find a second car that we liked and, as an extra bonus, let us work with a great family who knew what they were doing.

We are thankful for how that experience worked out. We are thankful that the “who’s going to get the car” conversations are easier. We are thankful that the rain stopped so we could finally test out the moonroof (okay, that one is me).

While it may seem like a petty first-world example to use, it does remind me there is a never-ending list of “I’m thankful’s” out there. As we mentioned last week, let us never take something like vision or walking for granted, as there are so many who would be ever-thankful for the chance to see or get around on their own.

But as I plan out this week’s message, I get convicted that there is so much more to appreciate than just the “I’m thankful’s” that we pray about. I’m planning to use a song in worship by Natalie Grant that has really struck me, even before I knew this message was coming. It’s called “More Than Anything” and while I don’t want to give away the farm, here’s some lines from the chorus.

               Help me want the Healer more than the healing

               Help me want the Savior more than the saving

               Help me want the Giver more than the giving

               Help me want you Jesus more than anything


A life like that is both mature and unbreakable (as Habakkuk 3 will say). It beats out vision, walking, and yes – even cars.

May we take the time to worship God simply for who God is, rather than just what God can do.


Many Blessings,

Pastor Brian



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Wake Up Call Who Is Like God? (1/4) Micah 1:1-7
Good News For Sale Who Is Like God? (2/4) Micah 3:1-12
Who Are You Again? Who Is Like God? (3/4) Micah 4:6-5:5a
God Like No Other Who Is Like God? (4/4) Micah 7:14-20
First Things First Thanksgiving Psalm 50:1-15, 23
Lead By The Head Christ the King Sunday Ephesians 1:15–23
Matter-ing TGI Monday (1/6) Matthew 28:1-10
God's Superhighway TGI Monday (2/6) Matthew 22:34-40
As Is, Just As TGI Monday (3/6) Luke 19:1-10
Authentic Living TGI Monday (4/6) Genesis 1-2
How Not To Be A Christian At Work TGI Monday (5/6) 1 Peter 3:13-16
Kingdom Platform TGI Monday (6/6) Colossians 3:12-25
Remembering Your First Love Seeking God (1/10) Hosea 10, 11, 14
Grabbing a Slice Seeking God (2/10) 1 Chronicles 12, 16, John 13
The Truth About The Truth Seeking God (3/10) 1 John 1:5-10
No More Seeking God (4/10) John 8:2-11
God's Glue Seeking God (5/10) Ephesians 2:1-9
Getting Ready Seeking God (6/10) 1 Peter 1:13-21
Love's Acid Test Seeking God (7/10) John 14:15-24
We're Good Seeking God (8/10) 1 John 4:5-21
A Prisoner Freed Seeking God (9/10) Matthew 18:21-35
Light Power Seeking God (10/10) Galatians 5:16-26
Promise Keeper Refuel (1/5) John 14:18-31
John 16:4-15
Cosmic Math Refuel (2/5) Mark 1:1-11
Fruity Living Refuel (3/5) Galatians 5:16-26
Step One Refuel (4/5) John 3:1-16
Set Apart Refuel (5/5) Romans 8:1-11
Fear Not  Unshakeable (1/6) Matthew 28:1-10
On Your Feet Unshakeable (2/6) John 21:1-19
I Have This Hope
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Unshakeable (3/6) 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
The Most Perfect Imperfect Prayer Unshakeable (4/6) Mark 9:14-29
God's Job Description Unshakeable (5/6) Exodus 3:1-15
Confidence In The Chaos Unshakeable (6/6) John 16:25-33

Going Deeper

These questions and actions are designed to help you find ways to take Sunday’s Scripture out into the world as the hands and feet of Christ. 

Making You Think

·         How are your values being shaped by knowing that this world is not all there is and that your true citizenship is in Heaven?

·         How are you caught up in your past mistakes? How can you seek help from God during these times while trusting in His forgiveness?

·         Was it right for Paul to set himself up as an example for others? Should any Christian be able to tell another Christian to be a follower of him? Why?

Memory Verse

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.

- Philippians 1:6 (NRSV)

Next Steps

Write out this week’s memory verse and put it somewhere you will see it regularly (nightstand, bathroom mirror, etc). Every time you see it, remind yourself that you are a work in progress.



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